OWATONNA — Staff at Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna took time to care for their local community by showering the Steele County Food Shelf with food donations. United Way of Steele County has invited all local businesses, donors and partner agencies to participate in the Minnesota Acts of Kindness Week held from Nov. 6 through Nov. 10, as proclaimed by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. United Way of Steele County invited everyone – volunteers, donors, community members and children – to exemplify kindness with the goal of helping to unify the community and kick-starting ongoing acts of kindness.
“This call to action is a chance to step out of our day-to-day routine and think about what might brighten someone else’s day, or make one thing easier for a neighbor, friend or even stranger,” says Kim Schaufenbuel, executive director, United Way of Steele County. “Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna sets a great example for the community in showing kindness for those in need.”
“United Way’s Act of Kindness invitation was an opportunity to reflect on how we deliver kindness to our patients and colleagues every day,” says Dena Keilman, director of nursing, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna. “It was an honor to pause during a busy day focus on serving our community. It provided a tangible reminder of our purpose and function as health care leaders.”